unstrung

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj unstrung emotionally upset "the incident left him unstrung and incapable of rational effort"
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Usage

In literature:

But his life had left little time for such thoughts; to-night he was unstrung.
"The Road to Frontenac" by Samuel Merwin
The bow should be unstrung when not in use, or it will get bent.
"How Girls Can Help Their Country" by Juliette Low
But his spirit was unstrung by his misfortunes.
"Jennie Gerhardt" by Theodore Dreiser
He felt suddenly unstrung.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
I was a good deal unstrung from other causes.
"The Prisoner" by Alice Brown
It should be straight when unstrung, and unstrung when not in use.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
In fact, his nerves were so unstrung that he would not be able to sleep for many hours to come.
"Adrift on the Pacific" by Edward S. Ellis
She was sadly confused and unstrung, her thoughts awhirl and nerves ajangle.
"Nobody" by Louis Joseph Vance
Then dropped his knees and sinewy arms, at once Unstrung, for faint with struggling was his heart.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
The thought of meeting a husband whom she had never seen unstrung her nerves.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The distressing effect of the light rays increased, rather than diminished, as his nerves became more and more unstrung.
"The Ivory Snuff Box" by Arnold Fredericks
Watching him from the network window, Amaryllis felt her heart drooping, she knew not why, and went back to her drawing unstrung.
"Amaryllis at the Fair" by Richard Jefferies
Her nerves were yet unstrung, her strength all gone.
"Mabel's Mistake" by Ann S. Stephens
She felt unstrung and vaguely depressed.
"The Preacher of Cedar Mountain" by Ernest Thompson Seton
Every muscle, cord, and sinew was unstrung.
"The Pines of Lory" by John Ames Mitchell
Tired out and unstrung, both return home in the evening.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
All unstrung, I cal'late.
"Captain Pott's Minister" by Francis L. Cooper
His lips trembled, he felt unstrung.
"Absolution" by Clara Viebig
Her nerves were all unstrung; she felt more low-spirited and depressed than ever.
"John Marsh's Millions" by Charles Klein
After the emotional crisis I have just passed through, I find myself quite unstrung.
"Within Prison Walls" by Thomas Mott Osborne
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In poetry:

My harp on a lonely grave is laid,
Untuned, unstrung, it will lie there long,
If you bring flowers alone dear maid
Without bringing the spirit of song
"To J W" by Nora Pembroke
FOR THE VASE AT BATHEASTON VILLA. WITH bow unstrung, and arrows broke,
Young Cupid to his mother ran,
And tears fast flowing as he spoke,
He thus his sad complaint began:
"Love" by Jane Bowdler
Still shall she listen to thy glowing song,
And dwell with rapture on each vivid line,
Shall round thy lyre, neglected and unstrung,
Of sweetest flow'rs a fun'ral wreath entwine.
"Lines To The Memory Of An Amiable Youth Of Great Promise" by Sir John Carr
THE ANGEL
Why thus, apart,--the swift-winged herald spake,--
Sit ye with silent lips and unstrung lyres
While the trisagion's blending chords awake
In shouts of joy from all the heavenly choirs?
"Homesick In Heaven" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
—I cannot remember. I am going away.
There was something in my dream about a Cat,
which fought and sang.
Something about a lyre, an island. Unstrung.
Linked to the land at low tide. Cables fray.
Thank you for everything.
"Dream Song 25: Henry, edged, decidedly, made up stories" by John Berryman
ALONE, beneath the darkened sky,
With saddened heart and unstrung lyre,
I heap the spoils of years gone by,
And leave them with a long-drawn sigh,
Like drift-wood brands that glimmering lie,
Before the ashes hide the fire.
"At My Fireside" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Allegro Guitar program lovely, if a little unstrung , at Dallas City Performance Hall.
"Stuffed and Unstrung " at the Bank of America Theatre.
'Stuffed and Unstrung ': Improv with puppets.
'Celebrity Apprentice' recap: Lisa Lampanelli, unstrung .
Tiffin's hopes for a win come unstrung .
'Stuffed and Unstrung review: Blue and funny.
Henson puppets 'Stuffed & Unstrung ' at Pabst Theater April 13.
Henson puppets 'Stuffed & Unstrung' at Pabst Theater April 13.
Henson puppets 'Stuffed & Unstrung' at Pabst Theater April 13.
Brian Henson 's 'Stuffed and Unstrung' is improv on a stick.
Allegro Guitar program lovely , if a little unstrung, at Dallas City Performance Hall.
Puppets behaving badly in 'Stuffed and Unstrung'.
Broadway in Chicago gets 'Stuffed and Unstrung' plus Cathy Rigby, flying again.
At 27 1/2 inches in length and an unstrung weight of 8.9 ounces, this lightweight racket is also comfortable to grip.
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